Jude bows out at Downend Boxing Club with a victory
BOXER Jude Moore has taken to the ring for his final contest representing Downend Boxing Club.
The talented 16-year-old from Hillfields has left to join the Army Foundation College, in Harrogate.
But Jude signed off with a victory on October 4 at the Bristol Sporting Club. He faced the ever-improving Torbay boxer Liam McClusky, who gave Jude a great contest before experience paid off and the Downend boxer took the decision.
There was also a new beginning for former Downend boxers Jake and Ben Demmery: the twins made successful professional debuts under the Chris Sanigar stable at Whitchurch Sports Centre.
The twins had been with Downend for 12 years, amassing 120 bouts between them.
Downend coach Craig Turner said: "It was great to see the guys progress to their chosen fields. The discipline and dedication achieved through their boxing training has set them on a paths not easily achieved, and we are pleased and proud of them all."
Taylor Andrews represented Western Counties against an Irish side from County Mayo, taking a unanimous win over the tough Paraic McDonagh on October 11.
Taylor, 17, started slowly and honours were even during the first round. The Downend boxer then found his rhythm, taking the next two rounds, which saw the Irish boxer take a protection count in the final round.
Morgan Baber, 16, took on the vastly experienced Irish international Aimee Carey, going for her taller opponent from the first bell and scoring some quality shots. But the Mayo girl’s experience came to the fore with skilful movement and using her long reach to land eye-catching blows, although she admitted afterwards that the contest was her hardest yet.
Taylor didn’t have time to celebrate his victory before stepping into the ring again the following evening in Coventry. He took on local lad Jordan Jones, and was clearly warmed up from the previous night, stopping the game Exhall boxer in the final round.
Morgan also couldn’t rest on a great performance against Mayo, travelling to Swindon on October 19 to box in the semi-final of the National development championships.
She faced Elizabeth Dunster of Evolve boxing club of Buckinghamshire and, boxing behind a strong jab, prompted the referee to give her opponent two protection counts, before taking a unanimous decision to win herself a place in the finals.